Darryl Conway serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief Health & Welfare Officer for University of Michigan Athletics. In that role, he oversees Athletic Medicine, Performance Science, Performance Nutrition, Olympic Strength and Conditioning, and Equipment Operations personnel, as well as serving as a liaison to the Athletic Counseling Team & Team Physicians from Michigan Medicine and the University of Michigan University Health Services, and serving as the Chief Infection Officer for the Athletic Department. Darryl came to the University of Michigan in 2013 from the University of Maryland, where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director‐ Sports Medicine. Darryl has also worked fulltime as an athletic trainer at the University of Central Florida, the University of Northern Iowa, Morgan State University, the University of Delaware, and the New York Jets Football Club. Darryl holds a Masters’ Degree from Adelphi University (’95) in Sports Medicine and Sports Management and a Bachelors’ Degree from the University of Delaware (’93) in Physical Education Studies and Athletic Training.
In addition to being a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Darryl has worked with various SWAT Teams as their Tactical Medic and Athletic Trainer, and as a volunteer EMT, and has been an American Red Cross first aid, CPR, and AED instructor for 30 years. Darryl serves as the Chair of the NATA’s Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC), is a member of the NATA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Advocacy (DEIA) Task Force, serves as Co‐Chair of the NCAA’s Diverse Student‐Athlete Mental Health & Well‐Being Task Force, is a member of the State of Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers, the Board of Certification of Athletic Trainers (BOC) Reinstatement Committee, and previously served on the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE). Darryl also serves as Senior Clinical Instructor with Sports Medicine Concepts, Founding Partner, Owner, & Continuing Education Coordinator of Sports Medicine Emergency Management (SMEM), an Associate Expert with The Rehberg‐Konin Group, an Instructor with Stop the Bleed, and has worked as an Athletic Trainer at the Winter X Games and various Red Bull extreme events. Darryl is also a member of the Spine Injury in Sports Group (SISG) and is a member of the Xenith Scientific Advisory Committee. Darryl was named as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in 2019 and was recognized by the College Athletic Trainers’ Society (CATS) in 2018 with the prestigious Quality of Life Award.
Darryl’s professional interests lie in the fields of Emergency Planning, Catastrophic and Crisis Response; Athletics Risk Management; Advanced Wound Care; Opioid Overdose Management; Exertional Heat Injury Management, and On‐Field Management of Cervical Spine Injuries; and he is a frequent presenter at regional and national meetings on these topics. Darryl was a contributing author of the “Best Practices and Current Care Concepts in Prehospital Care of the Spine‐Injured Athlete in American Tackle Football” and “Consensus Recommendations on the Prehospital Care of the Injured Athlete with a Suspected Cervical Spine Injury”.
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